Angela Gormley

Completed associate student
Angela Gormley

Angela’s Masters research used empirical data to characterise the physical and chemical attributes of litter, a component of forest and woodland fuels that is particularly important for propagation of fire. Differences in the amounts, arrangement and flammability of components of litter were determined for Sydney coastal dry sclerophyll forest, a common vegetation type in the Sydney Basin and were examined as part of her study. Knowledge about fuel flammability of litter from sites with the same fire-prone vegetation type will help inform management decisions about prioritising prescribed burning to mitigate the risk of fire.

Student project

This study seeks to answer questions such as whether prescribed burning alters all the components of the fuel load in typical vegetation types in the Sydney Basin, and whether plants that are characteristic of different vegetation types in the Sydney Basin differ in their leaf morphology and flammability traits. It also explores whether information about fuel loads and flammability can be used to guide land managers in mitigation of risk from bushfires.
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